Chapman River Nature Trail, Nanson

History of the Trail

Chapman River Walk TrailThe river trail was constructed in 2003 and 2004 to highlight the Chapman River's ecological and social significance in the region. Through two successful Austrailan Government Envirofund applications, in kind support from project contributors and volunteers, the Chapman River foreshore at Nanson has been managed and rehabilitated allowing human access to the natural environment, passive recreation, encouraged wildlife habitation, and generating public awareness of the flora and fauna that exists along the Chapman River.

The trail features numerous nesting boxes, trail markers, and interpretive signs. These are some examples of how an Envirofund grant can create local benefits and help make the visitors journey a more enjoyable and informative one.

The rehabilitation of the river and foreshore has provided a habitat for the endangered Ringtailed possum and Carnaby Black Cockatoo, which have been seen in the area. It is hoped through the collaborated effort of the community you will have the opportunity to see these animals during your visit.

What you could find along the trails

Current available data through studies completed, direct observations, and anecdotal evidence from local residences indicates the following flora and fauna species are present in the area:

  • Short -beaked Echidna
  • Ringtail Possum
  • White-stripped mastiff bat
  • Carnaby Cockatoo
  • Short Billed black Cockatoo
  • Western Grey Kangaroo
  • Western Spiny tail gecko
  • Slender tree frog
  • Howatharra Mallee
  • Red River Gum (Eucalyptus camaldulensis)
  • Slat Sheoak (Casuarina obesa)

(Species as indicated in the Nanson Townsite Foreshore Management Plan, Nicole Siemon and Associates, September 2003)